After taking all that in, as well as a couple of drinks, my friends and I found our spot on the dance floor. We got there relatively early, around 11:00 p.m., people were still filing in and mingling before the festivities that lay ahead. Greg Baranov, the opener, was hard at work easing the crowd into their groove with smooth progressive trance. This was the first time I had heard Baranov and I was very happy with his work. The atmosphere was casual and bouncy. Closer to the end of his set, Baranov transitioned into heavier tech-trance. At this point the club had filled up, but there was plenty of room to cut through the crowd and dance. The volume increased, the lights started bouncing off the walls, as did the patrons. They were ready, titillating at the thought of the first headliner, Ronski Speed, taking the decks.
This was also my first time hearing Ronski Speed. The other sets that I had listened to in preparation for tonight were jam packed with trance anthems and mash ups, and this night was no different. Ronski Speed started his set off with his classic Rise Again featuring the vocals of Lucy Saunders, but that was the last predictable thing he played (click here to listen to this track). Going from Khomha, to Above and Beyond, and then to Markus Schulz, Ronski Speed kept the dancers on their toes, no one knew what to expect next. He even, elegantly I might add, mashed up In and Out Love by Armin van Buuren feating Sharon den Adel with Epic by Sandro Silva and quintino. The hipster in me wanted to hate it because it wasn’t trance, but the music lover in me won this battle and I enjoyed it whole-heartedly while dancing. He settled into a darker, heavier crevice of trance, only to pull the listeners out for but a moment to bask in the euphonic vocals and uplifting chords trance is known for. It was a blissful trance set; the perfect mix of dark, heavy tech-trance that made you want to dance until your legs fell off and mesmerizing, feel good tracks that made you close your eyes, throw your head back and drown in euphoria. All too soon, Ronski Speed was bidding RYZE adieu and making way the next artist.
I didn’t think that it was possible, but Stoneface & Terminal pushed the speakers even further right from the get go. Speaking with the organizers afterwards, they commented that “upon realizing what sound system they were playing on Stoneface & Terminal went absolutely berserk.” The basslines were death-defying and were only punctuated by seductive vocals and high-frequency melodies. I was positive the speakers were going to blow, but they held their own against one of their, seemingly, biggest tests yet. Stoneface & Terminal took RYZE in another direction, playing a lot of their original work and diving right into the roots of the Euphonic sound.
There was no opener or closer this night. It was one long trance-themed conversation the entire night, starting off calm and cool, moving into the more vigorous and energetic portion and finally ending with erratic, deranged themes typical of any conversation passed 3 a.m. My last morsel of energy was spent when the vocals of Cosmic Gate trance hit, Fire Wire were laid over Neelix’s Expect What and morphed in a psy-trance gem. Listen to Saad Ayub’s closing set as episode 53 of his Tranced Podcast right here:
Stoneface & Terminal
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